Elbow Pain & Chiropractic Care

Causes of Elbow Pain

Elbow pain affects many adults and is debilitating. Elbow pain has a variety of causes. The most common in adults is tendinitis, an inflammatory condition involving injury to the tendon(s) of the elbow and wrist. Some of the most common conditions that cause elbow pain are:

Tennis Elbow

Golfer’s Elbow




Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

Ulnar Nerve Entrapment


Elbow Dislocation

Elbow Fracture

Bicipital Tendinitis

Medial Epicondylitis

Lateral Epicondylitis



Nursemaid’s Elbow

Rheumatoid Arthritis




Elbow Pain and Children

Elbow pain affects young children as well. Sometimes, children can develop “nursemaid’s elbow,” which occurs when the straightened arm is pulled. The bones are stretched apart momentarily and a ligament slips in between the bones. The ligament becomes trapped when the bones snap back into place. This causes acute pain. Children usually refuse to use the arm, but often cry with any attempt to bend or straighten the elbow. This condition is also called an elbow subluxation. The child needs to see a qualified physician immediately as time is a factor in recovery.

Repetitive Use Injuries and Elbow Pain

Elbow pain common in people who perform repetitive maneuvers with their arms or hands. In particular, overuse of the muscles of the wrist in repetitive or prolonged activities such as gripping, lifting and even pinching are contributing factors to elbow pain. Examples of overuse activities are gardening, assembly line work, lifting, swinging a golf club, baseball bat or tennis racquet and using a screwdriver or power tools. Some people develop pain after long hours of keyboard work or driving. Pain is a direct result of ergonomic challenges, improper posture or improper arm positioning.

Chiropractic Treatment of Elbow Pain

There are some causes of elbow pain such as fracture and dislocation that are considered a medical emergency and urgent care may be warranted.

Treatment strategies are dependent upon condition. Each strategy has a unique protocol including manipulation, exercise, education and activity modifications. Our chiropractic physicians also have extensive training in bracing and use of homeopathic and botanical medication.

At Advanced Physical Medicine & Therapy our staff of chiropractic physicians can properly diagnose your elbow condition and develop an appropriate treatment improve your condition. Schedule an appointment with our office at (847)222-9060. We look forward to helping you achieve a quick recovery.

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